Oct 5, 2012 3:00am PDT
. this is one of the great frustrations that chris matthews had and ed and the entire panel at msnbc. they were so angry and i think for good reason because there were basic -- >> joe, this is an important question. it's not just the analysts, it's the average american had the answers for that. clearly, this was not like chris matthews knew and he didn't know. every person i talked to said, well, why didn't he say this? he could not ha he couldn't not have the answers. >> hold on. this isn't a debate or chris or ed. this is a debate to win the election. i'm sorry, it may have been disappointing, but there was something else going on. you have the jobs numbers coming out at 8:30 this morning in just a couple of hours. you have a lot of other things at play, and he's in a certain position in this race. there must have been, as flummoxing as it was to watch, a strategy. what was it? >> i haven't said this for a very long time. i'll say it again, though. debates are where you show your depth of understanding about politics. i've seen 1,000 debates. i've participated in, you know, scores of debates.
Oct 4, 2012 3:00am PDT
. stop and say that again because chris matthews said it last night, that maybe he's heard "hail to the chief" one too many times. say that again. >> no one has spoken to him that way -- no one has tried to interrupt him in four years. and i think it showed. >> you're surrounded as president by yes-men and totis. that's what happens. everyone agrees with you. >> that's a little harsh. >> but it's just -- >> i don't think that's the case. >> everyone wants to agree with the president. no one ever says to the president, you know, it's hard to say to the president you're wrong, sir, no one gets in your face, no one interrupts you, no one tries to tell the ref to control the room. everyone is always differential. that's the power of the presidency. he hasn't had an argument since he met john mccain in the third debate in 2008. a real argument of this kind. where you're fighting for time. you're fighting for control of n anything the president ever h to do. >> on a human level -- >> any president. >> that's a great point. any president, any governor, any senator, you're almost indigna
Oct 2, 2012 3:00am PDT
? >> san diego. >> favorite animal to go watch? >> hard to say. maybe elephants. >> that was vintage chris matthews interview. joining us now is callista gingrich. she's author of the new children's book "land of the pilgrims' pride." also at the table we have editor of the financial times julian tett, mike barnicle and steve rattner still with us as well. i like this line up. this is what we do. callista, welcome. >> thank you. it's a good mix. >> have you been on "morning joe" ever? >> this is my first time. >> tell us about your book. >> this book is "land of the pilgrims' pride." i have written two books. i have written them because i feel it's important because we share the greatness of america with our children. and ellis discovers the moments of our nation's history. so he can truly appreciate who we are. in my new book, ellis discovers colonial america as he learns about how he began as a nation. >> do you do readings to children? have you gone across the country? does newt go with you? >> i do the reading. i spent a large part of last year going to schools and libraries and hospit